Information for Voters
Qualified resident and non-resident property electors for the 2022 General Local Election can vote at Advance Voting or on General Voting Day. All eligible City of Duncan voters will elect their Council which consists of one Mayor and six Councillors. Voters will also elect School District No. 79 Board Trustees, and answer a referendum question from the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
Voter’s Guide to Local Elections in BC
Advance Voting Opportunities
Advance Voting will be held, October 5th & 11th from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Duncan Fire Hall, 468 Duncan Street, Duncan.
Advance Voting is open to all electors – all ballots are counted when general voting closes on October 15th, 2022 at 8:00 pm.
Special Voting Opportunities
Special voting opportunities will be provided for residents, patients, and employees of residential care facilities in the City of Duncan. The confirmed schedule is here.
If you cannot leave your residence to vote because of a medical issue or infirmity, you may request that Voting Officials attend your residence on October 12th or 13th, 2022. Please contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer no later than October 6th, 2022.
General Voting Day
General Voting Day is Saturday, October 15th, 2022, from 8:00 am-8:00 pm, at the Duncan Fire Hall, 468 Duncan Street, Duncan.
Who Can Vote in the City of Duncan?
You must be:
- a Canadian citizen;
- 18 years of age or older when you register to vote or on general voting day;
- a resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day you register to vote;
- a resident of the City of Duncan; AND
- not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election. List of Offences: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections/offences
Voting rights are granted to Canadian citizens based on residency or property ownership. There is no vote for landed immigrants or permanent residents that are not yet Canadian citizens. There is no corporate or business vote in local elections in British Columbia.
List of acceptable identification: https://elections.bc.ca/voting/what-you-need-to-vote/voter-id/
Non-Resident Property Electors:
If you do not live in the City of Duncan, but own property here, you can vote as a non-resident property elector if you:
- are eligible to vote as a resident elector in another municipality or regional district in BC and not in Duncan [i.e. a Canadian citizen,18 years of age or older, and a resident of BC for at least six months];
- own property in the City of Duncan for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration; AND
- not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.
Only one non-resident property elector per property may vote, regardless of how many people own the property; and, the owner must have the written consent form of a majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf by completing the form.
Non-Resident Property Electors can register at the voting place at the time of voting.
Am I on the list of voters?
The Provincial list of voters shall become the City of Duncan’s register of resident electors on the 52nd day prior (August 24, 2022) to general voting day. If you have moved, or have never voted before you can register at a voting place at the time of voting. If you are not sure if you are registered or if you have questions about voter eligibility, please contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer.
Voting Day Registration
To register at the voting place, you must bring two pieces of identification that provide evidence of your identity and place of residence (i.e., Driver’s Licence, BC Identification Card, Social Insurance Number Card, credit card, phone bill, hydro bill, or property tax notice). One piece of identification must contain your signature. Non-resident property electors must also provide proof of property ownership (i.e., bill of sale or property tax notice).
Inspect the list of registered electors
Beginning August 30, 2022, until the close of general voting for the election on October 15, 2022, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection at Duncan City Hall, 200 Craig Street, Duncan, BC, during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).
You will only be permitted to inspect the list if you sign a statement prior to inspection agreeing to only inspect the list or use the information for the purposes of the Local Government Act – Part 3 – Electors and Elections.
Request to omit or obscure Information from the list of registered electors
You may request that your address or other information be omitted from or obscured on the list of registered electors. Please contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer to make this request.
Objection to registration of an elector
You may object to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022. An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the City of Duncan. The objection can only be made on the basis that a person whose name appears on the list of electors has died or that a person whose name appears on the list of electors is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the City of Duncan.
- Notice of Advance Voter Registration, Inspection of List of Registered Electors, Request to Omit or Obscure, Objection to Registration of an Elector
For more information, please contact the Chief Election Officer, Paige MacWilliam, or